JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Admission is free.

NEXT MEETING (via Zoom):  

"When Henry Silverstein Got Cold: Fraud in the 1920 Census,"
presented by Tammy Hepps

Monday, October 9, 2023, at 7 PM PDT via Zoom
(Zoom doors open at 6:30 PM)

The JGSWS invites you to attend this meeting via Zoom. Zoom doors open at 6:30 PM for attendees to network and catch up with each other. The presentation begins at 7 PM. Registration is required.

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On January 2, 1920, Henry Silverstein began his first day as a census enumerator by turning left instead of right. Things went downhill from there, and within days he became so overwhelmed that he resorted to an illegal scheme to finish the job. Through this shocking story and the painstaking detective work that uncovered it, you'll come to see the census—and your ancestors' presence or absence in it—in a whole new light. You'll laugh at Henry's misdeeds, and you'll grow your census research skills.


Tammy Hepps presents usable history to families and communities. Combining techniques from genealogy and history, she takes a creative and rigorous approach to rediscovering the most compelling narratives of the past. She is best known for her work researching the history of the Jewish community in the former steel-making center of Homestead, Pennsylvania. She received her AB in Computer Science from Harvard College.

November 13, 2023: "Using Social Media for Genealogic Research: the Good, the Bad, and the Exceedingly Strange," presented by Robin Meltzer
December 11, 2023: "Illegitimacy in the Jewish Communities of Galicia," presented by Dr. Janette Silverman